New Celebrity Music Video Addresses Unauthorized Use of Songs by Politicians

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

We’ll write about a wider IP topic today, simply as an excuse to bring you the celebrity-packed music video called “Stop Using Our Songs” that demands politicians stop using music without artists’ permission.

The music video made its debut on the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” with host John Oliver summing up the ongoing problem: “This happens every single election. It’s time for musicians to come together and take a stand.”

Cue the music and appearances by Usher, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Nancy and Ann Wilson of ‘Heart,’ and others offering up lyrics like:

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Topics: IP Law

New gTLD Update: .LAW, .ABOGADO, .TICKETS., .MEN, and More

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 22 July, 2016

LAW and .ABOGADO – Expanded Eligibility, Revised Verification Process and Price Changes
Minds + Machines Group Limited announced the following changes to its .LAW and .ABOGADO new gTLDs from August 2, 2016 (16:00 UTC):
 
Expanded Eligibility
The registry will allow authorized legal institutions (i.e., law firms, law schools, legal regulators such as bar associations, and courts of law), subject to verification, to register a domain. Further information is available at: http://nic.law/eligibilitycriteria/.
 
Revised Verification Process
The verification process for all registrants will occur after registration. Domains will be provisionally delegated to a registrant and registrants will still be required to complete the qualified lawyer or authorized legal institution information for verification but will no longer have to wait until verification is complete to use the domain name. While a domain is live, registrants will remain subject to the verification process and those failing the process will have their domain withdrawn, therefore you may want to wait until verification is confirmed (usually a 12 business day process) before making a site go live.

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Topics: nGTLDs

Even More US Presidential Candidate Cybersquatters: 'Hillary Potter' Cartoons

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 20 July, 2016

This week, as the US Republican National Convention takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, the media has uncovered more US presidential candidate domain squatters.

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Topics: domains

Help the New Las Vegas Hockey Team Find a Name It Can Trademark

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 18 July, 2016

It was only a month ago that the National Hockey League (NHL) approved expanding the league to include a new team in Las Vegas for the 2017–18 season, and the team is already having trouble finding a name. Seems that many of the team names they’ve considered so far have already been trademarked.

Las Vegas hockey franchise owner Bill Foley wants to come up with a team name and logo as soon as possible. Foley told ESPN: "I'm happy to take any suggestions anyone has for a name, particularly one that's not already trademarked," acknowledging that he didn’t realize how complicated the naming and trademark clearance process is.

T+B readers know the naming process isn’t always easy — so, hey, we’re smart people who are interested in and experienced with trademarks — can’t we come up with a name?

A few tips: Foley said he doesn’t want a name that has anything to do with gambling, but he does want it to be “unique to Las Vegas” that shows “these guys are tough, these guys are going to win, these guys are dedicated.”

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices moving:

Back in April, ESPN suggested these names, among others:

  • Las Vegas Bones
  • Las Vegas Flamingos
  • Las Vegas Outlaws
  • Las Vegas Nordiques
  • Las Vegas Rat Pack
  • Las Vegas Dealers

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Topics: trademarks, brands

New gTLD Update: Info on .GAMES, .SHOPPING, .STORAGE, and Chinese Domains

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 15 July, 2016

This week’s edition includes news about .STORAGE, .GAMES, .SHOPPING, and an update on Chinese domains.

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Topics: nGTLDs

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